It may be a chilly April, but at Daniel Warren spring has arrived.
By Janice Llanes Fabry
It may be a chilly April, but at Daniel Warren spring has arrived. The elementary school is humming with activities the entire season and the kids are blooming.
“I love the enthusiasm of our kindergarteners and first and second graders, and I love watching them come in,” said Principal Jane Scheinman. “Not only are they so excited to be here, but they’re like sponges. Every morning, I tell them to do their best.”
Students and their parents “awakened the garden” on April 13 by fertilizing and weeding. All classes will plant flower and vegetable beds once it warms up. On Earth Day, the entire school will celebrate the environment with presentations sponsored by the PTSA. Dennis Waring’s Young Audiences will demonstrate the simple ingenuity of repurposing one’s recycling to create instruments in “From Trash to Tunes” and “Going Green.” The students will watch homemade musical instruments come alive before their eyes.
In addition, the first graders have been practicing songs in honor of Earth Day with music teacher Caitlin Corvini in preparation for a concert they will present to the entire school.
“We do as much as we can for ecology and we teach the kids to care about each other and the environment,” said Principal Scheinman, who also noted school drop offs and pick ups will feature a “no idling” day.
As part of Daniel Warren’s cultural arts program, a Taiko Drums assembly, also sponsored by the PTSA, will celebrate the powerful discipline of Japanese ensemble drumming. And a Science Fair and Inventions Convention will be held on April 19. The auditorium will be chockfull of volcanoes, solar systems, robots, windmills, and indoor gardens.
“The fair gives the children the chance to show off their creativity and it puts a twinkle in their eyes in terms of what they can create in the world of science and technology,” said Scheinman. “All of these events are part of the district’s initiative to stimulate and enrich our kids outside of their curriculum.”